An elegant white silk and goat leather shoe that belonged to Queen Marie Antoinette of France is being offered for sale at an auction that will take place on Sunday in Versailles near Paris, according to the Osenat auction house.
The French house indicated that the shoe, on which the bidding will start at a price ranging between eight thousand euros and ten thousand, is one of the most prominent pieces offered in the auction titled “The Royal in Versailles”, along with a painting entitled “Moliere to the Table of the Sun King” by the painter Francois-Jean Garnoree, one of the few paintings that show King Louis XIV alongside the writer Moliere (with a starting price of between 40,000 and 60,000 euros).
The figure of Queen Marie Antoinette, of Austrian descent, who was executed by the guillotine in 1793, remains the focus of much attention. In October 2019, an exhibition in Paris re-photographed the stages of the development of Marie Antoinette’s incarnation in the arts through more than two hundred works, including paintings, films, Japanese cartoons and dolls.
The length of the white shoe is 22.5 centimeters, a third of it is covered with silk, while the back is made of goat leather, with a leather sole and four folded straps overlapping on the side.
Last May, a box in which Marie Antoinette was putting her belongings and a large towel that she used during the coronation of her husband, King Louis XVI in 1775, achieved high prices at an auction also organized by the House of Osenat.